Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Underwater Rainbow

coral reef colored pencil drawing
It's been 13 months in the making, and I have finally finished the coral reef. The last step was the water. I used two colors, indigo and true blue, and used the blender like there's no tomorrow. I added sun rays with white.

Altogether, I included two dozen species using 50 different colors. It's been a long 13 months, but I am quite happy with the result. Will I do it again, such a large drawing in colored pencil? I'm not sure. But this was quite the learning experience.

I am going to have this drawing professionally scanned so I can offer large sizes of prints. In the meantime, the original (30"x15") is available:


Glendon Mellow said...


Completely stellar, Heather! I love the rays!

Heather M. Ward said...

Thank you! I can't believe it, but I'm already thinking about another one!

Kevin Zelnio said...

May I recommend a deep sea hydrothermal vent! I'm happy to consult on the appropriate species. (Thanks glendon for directing me to this!)

Beautiful painting! When you scan it in for prints, please send me an email and I'll post a low res image and link to where people can buy it.

Heather M. Ward said...

Thank you so much, Kevin. I would appreciate any opportunity for more exposure!

A hydrothermal vent... that sounds fun and challenging. I just may have to.